Refugee education is more critical than ever. Centering refugee voices and resolving key tensions in policy and programming will be critical for ensuring that all refugee students and teachers receive the support they need. Teachers’ unions can play an important role in these processes, connecting refugee teachers to valuable services, information, and teaching opportunities, as well as providing a platform for refugee teachers to participate in social dialogue.

Today marks World Migrant Day and almost one year until the second Global Refugee Forum. In the lead-up to the Forum, the international community must step up for refugees, making good on its commitments to provide refugees with the education they deserve. This is more crucial than ever as the number of forcibly displaced people reached 100 million for the first time this year. Teachers and teachers’ unions can and have played a crucial leadership role, as we have seen in the Ukraine and Syria refugee education responses.

In our new report published by the Brookings Institution, we examine the persistent tensions that have long held back the transformation needed for achieving and sustaining high-quality refugee education at scale. In particular, we focus on tensions between inclusion in national systems and non-state programming, between emergency and long-term response, and between global and national responsibility. These tensions stretch across policy, programming, and financing as policymakers, donors, community members, teachers, families, and students make decisions about what refugee education could and should look like.

Read the full article about refugee education by Maysa Jalbout and Katy Bullard at Brookings.